Thursday, October 21, 2004


Fisherman nets statue of ancient Greek athlete



ATHENS, Greece A Greek fisherman has made the catch of the day -- or maybe the century.

He snagged a 24-hundred-year-old bronze statue a few days ago, near the Aegean Sea island of Kythnos
The Greek Culture Ministry says it's missing a head, an arm and a leg, but it's still quite a find.

Experts think the statue is of a young athlete -- given the fact that it is naked, its stance indicates movement, and that there's a great deal of anatomical detail.

It is about four-feet-eight-inches tall and weighs nearly 155 pounds.

The fisherman handed the statue over the the port authority on October 15th, then it was taken to Athens under police guard.

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